The final results of the Israeli elections are a clear victory for Prime
Minister Sharon’s party, Likud, which won 38 seats, up from 21 in the
outgoing Knesset (parliament) and double the number achieved by Labour,
the traditional party of the Israeli ruling class.
The assassination of Israel’s tourism minister, Rehavam Ze’evi, by the
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and the brutal
response by the Israeli army brought the Middle East to the brink of war.
Sharon’s bloody war of reoccupation in the West Bank and Gaza has
destroyed whatever hopes lingered for the ‘peace process’ in the Middle
East. Many working people around the world will now be asking if there
can ever be a lasting solution to the Palestine/Israel question.
As George W Bush strives to create a new Gulf war-style ‘coalition
against terror’ – complete with ‘Islamic support’ from Saudi Arabia to
Pakistan – the Israeli regime has come under pressure to call a
cease-fire and reopen negotiations with Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian
After all the blood that has been needlessly spilled in the last days,
we stand today facing the danger of an even more unnecessary regional
war, that will multiply the number of victims of the idiotic policy of
solving political problems by military means. And the political problems
are clear to everyone who looks at...
ARIEL SHARON appears to be biting the hand that feeds him. The
assassination of another leading Hamas activist by an Israeli hit squad
has further undermined George Bush’s efforts to put a lid on the
Israeli/Palestinian conflict through its ’road map’ peace initiative.
THE ISRAELI government of Ariel Sharon stuck two fingers up at the
United Nations (UN) after the UN general assembly passed a resolution on
21 October condemning Israel’s ’security fence’. Israeli deputy prime
minister Ehud Olmert said: "The fence will continue being built..."
PUBLICATION OF George Bush’s long-delayed ’road map’ to a
Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement and an independent Palestinian
state by 2005, was inched forward last week. But only after Palestinian
president Yasser Arafat agreed, at the eleventh hour, to a new cabinet
led by the ’moderate’...
PALESTINIAN MILITIAS have declared a three month suspension in armed
attacks against Israel and the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) has withdrawn
from parts of the Gaza strip. There will be hopes worldwide that this is
the start of a process that will end the bloodshed and lead to a peace